This weekend there were two networking/socializing events offered through SPEA’s student organizations. I attended both events. Not only were they fun, but they also provided opportunities for us to unwind while making valuable connections in our academic community.
Networking with students
This last Friday the Graduate Student Associations (GSA) for SPEA, the Kelley School of Business and the Law School put together a happy hour for graduate students at a local bar, the Jungle Room. There was free food – a favorite among all graduate students – and reduced priced beverages.
While this was exciting, the reason for the happy hour was to provide a chance for graduate students at the three schools to meet each other and network. Well over 100 students came out for the event.
Since SPEA has a joint masters degree program with the Law School, we have the chance to meet many of the law students in our classes. I have also had a few MBA students sit in on some of my management classes. But it was nice to be able to talk with the JD and MBA students outside of an academic setting and learn about their internships and plans post-graduation.
Networking with professors & SPEA students
On Saturday evening, Professor James Perry and the Non-Profit Management Association (NMA) hosted a potluck. Professor Perry lives on Lake Monroe, so this event provided beautiful vistas. More importantly, it was a casual opportunity to interact with some of our cohorts and professors.
Now, I know what you are thinking….all this socializing, when does she study? Lest you think SPEA is all play and no work, allow me to disabuse you of this notion. I studied all day Sunday! Which was unfortunate because Sunday was one of the most beautiful days of the semester so far. So, I broke up my studying with a nice walk from SPEA to downtown Bloomington for lunch. (It only takes about fifteen minutes). All the students who had the foresight to get their work done before Sunday were out enjoying campus and Bloomington. I was pretty envious, but I enjoyed my walk and then headed back to SPEA to finish my papers.
All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend in Bloomington – networking the JD & MBA students was worthwhile and chatting over dinner with professors is always fun. And these are only a few of the many networking events available at SPEA.